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School Council

What is a school council? 
A school council is a group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.

 

At The Grange Academy we encourage initiative from our pupils and seek to grow an environment that encapsulates challenge and questions. We want our pupils to ask Why?, and this is what our School Council achieves. 

 

What makes a good school council? 
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.

Many schools have councils. These are some things that make a council effective:

  • Regular meetings

     

  • A council that is not too big

     

  • Class/Form councils that meet regularly

     

  • Good communication between representatives and their class

     

  • Training for school council members

     

  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues

     

  • A bank account or budget (however small)

     

  • Annual evaluations

 

What is their history? 
School Councils have been around for around 40 years

The government says that school councils are important but they aren't forcing schools to have one.

In some countries there are laws which state all secondary schools must have councils. These include:

 

  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Sweden

 

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